Here we are, back in Charlotte, NC, for the Fall 48. Our car almost knows its own way here, we come so often! But this time we came by way of Deep Creek, Maryland, and the Flying Scot factory. We had sent Sophie home with Harry at the Wife-Husband Regatta to get a big hole, an enormous hole!! in her port side near the stern repaired. We try not to talk about how the hole got there... too much. Suffice it to say, someone else is paying the (very reasonable) bill! And Harry does great work!
When we drove up to the factory there were two feet of snow on the ground and they hadn't had power for a week, thanks to Super Storm Sandy. Despite all that, Harry was his usual friendly, relaxed, helpful self. He had already dug Sophie out of the snow, got all the snow off her and repaired a cover strap we had broken earlier. We didn't hang around too long, because it was FREEZING! Plus we still had a long way to drive and Harry had a furnace pipe to fix.
So we hit the road and bid the snow good-bye. We arrived at Lake Norman Yacht Club at about 8 p.m, set up our tent, brushed our teeth, pretended to read for a while and then...lights out!
Bill Ross says about 30 boats have registered. A few (Harry included) have had to cancel their plans thanks to Sandy, but the rest of us will enjoy light winds today with the possibility of slightly more wind tomorrow. No matter the racing conditions, the good folks at Fleet 48 have a cowboy theme planned for the evening entertainment and we brought our boots and hats, so we are ready!